Author: Alyson Noël
About the book: It’s the first novel in a trilogy called Beautiful Idols.
First impressions: Growing up, I read some novels by the author and enjoyed them.
I like the title as well as the cover. I didn’t realize this right away, but each chapter title is the name of a song, which I thought was neat.
Characters: Layla wants to be a journalist. Tommy wants to be a musician. Aster wants to be an actress. Upon meeting the three, I could relate to Layla the most at first. Tommy grew on me. I’m still a little indifferent about Aster.
They’re more likeable in the beginning. But as the competition goes on, everyone starts doing some questionable things.
“…you have a second chance to decide what you really want out of life.”
Writing: The writing is simple, easy to follow. I always feel the need to mention a book has short chapters because I love them so much. They alternate between the perspectives of Layla, Tommy, and Aster, yet the story’s told in the third person.
Despite being young adult, the language and scenes are more mature. I loved the mystery but not the romance in the novel. I wasn’t big on all the messy relationships between many of the characters.
Final thoughts: Even though the ending doesn’t tie up loose ends, I enjoyed the cliffhanger.
I’m not sure if I’ll read the second book in the series, but I’d recommend Unrivaled if you want a contemporary novel filled with drama. It strikes me as a fun, summer beach read.